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Last Build Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:09:38 -0400


U.S. Was ‘Ill-Prepared’ to Help Train Afghan Security Forces, IG Finds

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:09:38 -0400

“One U.S. officer watched TV shows like Cops and NCIS” for lesson plans, watchdog says.A Marine with Task Force Southwest watches as an Afghan National Army soldier with the Helmand Regional Military Training Center fires an M4 carbine at Camp Shorabak, Afghanistan.

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‘Cyber Defense Is Very Much About Political Decisions’

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:50:49 -0400

When European defense ministers played a tabletop cyber defense exercise, things got hard very quickly.As part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the country hosted the informal meeting of EU defense ministers earlier this month.

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Analysis: Giving the Deep State More Leeway to Kill With Drones

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:43:05 -0400

President Trump is poised to compound the most grave moral failing of his predecessor by making targeted killings less safe, less legal, and less rare.

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Air Force: We’re Low on Bombs Because Congress Can’t Pass a Budget

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:19:14 -0400

It’s hard to persuade arms makers to boost production, even to fight ISIS, without cash on the barrelhead.An airman attaches fins to GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in 2016.

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Trump Threatens to 'Totally Destroy North Korea'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:57:51 -0400

The president also hinted at the UN General Assembly that the U.S. might quit the Iran nuclear agreement.

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Vietnam War: Who Was Right About What Went Wrong – and Why it Matters in Afghanistan

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:41:39 -0400

Was Vietnam 'a quagmire' or a 'stalemate machine'? Understanding this 50-year-old debate can shed light on why the U.S. is currently locked into a 'forever war.'Secretary of State Dean Rusk, President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.

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In Mexico, Mattis Plays Down Political Rhetoric, Seeks to Build Trust

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:20:55 -0400

Defense Secretary Mattis touts "a growing relationship built on trust and respect" between the U.S. and Mexican militaries.Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis stands with Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, Mexico’s secretary of national defense, during an armed forces parade in Mexico City on Sept. 15.

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Harvard Rescinded Chelsea Manning’s Fellowship after CIA Chief Mike Pompeo Cancelled a Visit

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:40:25 -0400

He says he objected to the former soldier as a convicted felon and that his criticism had nothing to do with her being a transgender woman.Pompeo called Manning an "American traitor."

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At U.S. Nuclear Weapons Base, Mattis Signals Support for Triad

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0400

But the Defense chief stopped short of endorsing all types of new nuclear weapons in development.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives at a missile alert facility in North Dakota on Sept. 13, 2017.

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Analysts Are Quitting the State Department’s Anti-Propaganda Team

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:49:20 -0400

The Global Engagement Center is struggling to keep up with its missions: countering ISIS recruitment and Russian disinformation.

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Swarmed With Mosquitoes After Harvey, Texas Calls in the Air Force

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:48:25 -0400

The Air Force is spraying a controversial insecticide across 6 million acres to kill mosquitoes brought in by Hurricane Harvey. Air Force C-130s will be spraying 6 million acres in Texas for mosquitoes.

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White House Objects to Parts of Defense Bill that Curb President’s Power

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:40:06 -0400

Trump wants Senate to reconsider presidential pay authority and rejection of another base–closing round.Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the bill includes "important efforts to reorganize the Department of Defense, spur innovation in defense technology, and improve defense acquisition and business operations."

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Afghanistan is Now Officially James Mattis’ War

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Donald Trump's speech on "principled realism" in Afghanistan contained few surprises. Now, under the aegis of DOD chief Mattis it is the latest stage in America’s "forever war." Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support, host a joint press conference at the Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul in April.

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Get Ready for a Short-Term CR, Congressional Leaders Tell Pentagon

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0400

Top House Republicans on defense say it’s not ideal — underfunding has contributed to a rash of recent accidents — but don’t expect a full-year appropriation until December.

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Analysis: How Mattis May Get Himself in Trouble With Trump

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:17:07 -0400

The secretary of defense could run afoul of his boss if his review of the policy on transgender troops follows the facts to their conclusion.President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attend a Cabinet meeting June 12.

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Ordered to Ban Transgender Troops, Pentagon Plans A New Look at Three Factors

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:59:00 -0400

The courts will take their own look, thanks to a trio of lawsuits filed in the wake of Trump’s Friday-night memo.Soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division walk on a dismounted patrol outside of Camp Fenty, Afghanistan in 2016.

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The Trump Administration's Evolving Rhetoric on North Korea

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:02:35 -0400

From “fire and fury” to “all options are on the table”President Donald Tr, ... ]

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The North Korean Threat Beyond ICBMs

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:52:12 -0400

Even without them, the Kim regime can menace its immediate neighborhood—or sell nuclear material to rogue states.North Korean soldiers at the military parade in Pyongyang of the 60th anniversary of the conclusion of the Korean War in 2013.

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A 'Sonic Weapon' That Caused Diplomats in Cuba to Lose Their Hearing Also Caused Brain Injury

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:46:12 -0400

Some diplomats were also under heave surveillance during their tours of duty, and some had their homes broken into and their vehicles vandalized.The Cuban embassy in Washington.

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How James Mattis Tried to Explain Trump to the World

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:34:50 -0400

“Just as Mattis sought to reassure nervous allies, back home there were numerous reminders that the populist and intemperate impulses of his boss will not be tamed.”Mattis meets with Ukraine’s Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak in Kyiv on Aug. 24.

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Are ‘Restrictions’ Keeping Us From Winning in Afghanistan?

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:51:00 -0400

An Army intelligence expert and retired special forces warrior lay out what red tape the President should cut in Afghanistan.

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Where in the World the U.S. Still Has a Military Presence

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:02:18 -0400

686 bases, 74 countries.Soldiers wait in the tall grass with their Afghan National Army counterpart during a combined arms live fire training exercise in Laghman province in 2015.

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Trump’s Pivot on Afghanistan Follows Bleak Battlefield Reports

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:56:48 -0400

Four inspectors general describe scant progress against the Taliban.President Donald Trump speaks at Fort Myer in Arlington Va., on Aug. 21.

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Will Anyone Care About Trump's Barely-Different Afghanistan War Plan?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:33:22 -0400

Pull out. Stay in. Double down. It’s the military’s war until elected officials make it America’s war. And Americans won’t care by Wednesday, anyway.

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What the Announced NSA / Cyber Command Split Means

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0400

Cyberwar and cyber intelligence are diverging, as are Cyber Command and the NSA. Here’s what that means for the man who leads both entities, the future of signals intelligence collection, and cyberwarfare.ational Security Agency director Adm. Mike Rogers speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in June.

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